The Pasadena area definitely has its share of burger joints, but a very promising spot to check out is Hook Burger located by the Sierra Madre Villa station at 3453 East Foothill Blvd. Of only four locations in California to date, Pasadena is lucky to have one of them in its vicinity.
The restaurant was founded Bruce and Brent Reichard, the original owners of The Habit Burger Grill, which is a chain located across California, Arizona and Utah.
“This isn’t just a burger joint,” write the Reichard brothers on their website. “We are a community-minded, built-with-reclaimed materials, serving responsibly-sourced, sustainably-grown, humanely-raised, 100% fresh, incredible-tasting, labor of love.”
Hook Burger has a menu that focuses on burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts to satisfy their customers.
“The fries are some of the best I’ve had, the burgers are delicious, and the prices are cheap,” said Pedro Argueta, a nutrition major. “I love how you’re given a device that lets you know when your order is ready.”
Outside of Hook Burger’s five main burgers on the menu, which consist of the Prime Burger, the Hickory Burger, the Maui Burger, the Bistro Burger and the Fire Roasted Chili Burger, there are a few specialty burgers. For instance, the Pretzel Burger is cooked with smokey barbeque sauce, caramelized bourbon onions, chipotle mayo, melted American cheese on a warm pretzel bun.
However, the Hickory Burger seems to be a hot commodity. It is stacked with thick cut bacon, Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque sauce, homemade crispy onions, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise all on a toasted bakery bun.
“I had the Hickory Burger with onion rings and a lemonade and it was delicious,” said Chris Veitch, an education major. “Super friendly atmosphere and the service was great. The food was fresh and well seasoned and honestly for the price I will keep coming back to try the chicken sandwich and maybe one of those tempting shakes.”
With these extremely happy customer reviews in mind, Hook Burger is definitely a spot for PCC students to check out to satisfy their cravings.